Chandigarh, May 17, 2018: Bhartiya Janta Party Vice-President and Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Vice-Chairman, Avinash Rai Khanna has written to the chief ministers of all states proposing that photographs and brief history of martyr soldiers of Armed Forces be displayed in schools and colleges from where they acquired education.
Disclosing one of the letters, which was addressed to Punjab Chief Minister Capt.Amarinder Singh, the former MP rued that ‘martyr soldiers of the paramilitary forces who sacrificed their lives to maintain law and order in the insurgent areas of the country are not remembered for long and background history of their earlier lives remain in oblivion’.
Stressing that the ‘memories of these martyrs should be honoured’, Khanna proposed that this step was necessary ‘to make indelible vision in the mind of the young children and youth and inculcate patriotic spirit from the lives of these martyr soldiers’.
Khanna further wrote that ‘the main objective of the IRCS was to aid to sick and wounded members of the Armed Forces of the Union in accordance with the terms and spirit of the Geneva Conventions’, and ‘to supplement this aim, IRCS has deputed its “Welfare Officers” in the Armed Forces Hospitals of Army and Air Force Wings’.
Khanna also requested that necessary directions to all the concerned departments in the state government may be issued to implement the proposal in letter and spirit.